Who Blinked? Gov. Abbott Says Texas-bound Caravans…


On June 17th Texas Governor Greg Abbott told reporters that it appears that a caravan or caravans of illegal immigrants originating from southern Mexico seem to be dispersing. The announcement followed after a briefing with law enforcement officials.

After his rundown in Weslaco, Texas, with police authorities leading Operation Lone Star border security efforts, he stated they notified him that  “some evidence make it seem as if caravans are disbanding to some extent.” They could be dissolving for a number of factors, from absence of resources, to weather or to his contracts with a number of Mexican governors, he stated.

A month back, members of the Texas Department of Public Safety and Texas National Guard started “preparing for something we shouldn’t have to prepare for,” he said, referring to the caravans.

“But even if they are breaking up doesn’t mean they won’t be coming,” he added. People attempting to enter the U.S. illegally may not be coming in one large group.

State police in Mexico are functioning as deterrents, managing checkpoints and matching activity of Texas police, he stated, which is slowing cartel activity.

The National Guard and DPS are working to obstruct as numerous low water crossings as possible and preparing mass migration wedding rehearsals at bridges or other crossing locations. Three essential locations of operations are continuous, Texas National Guard Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Burkett stated, in the Mission/McAllen location, Eagle Pass and Del Rio areas.

“The National Guard practices mass-migration responses both with and without DPS and law enforcement to demonstrate we have those capabilities at any time, day or night,” Burkett said. “Engineers are also responsible for establishing additional barriers to deter illegal migrant events. Nearly 40 miles of standard fencing have been erected, as well as 18 miles of concertina wire along the border.”

National Guardsmen and ladies have actually likewise recorded 20,000 ‘turn backs’– those who try to cross into the U.S. however reverse and return to Mexico, he stated.

“2021 was a record breaking year in many ways and none of them good,” Lt. Col. Freeman Martin, deputy director/lt. colonel of Homeland Security Operations at DPS said. “We saw 1.3 million apprehensions in Texas, the highest ever. We had a 1268% increase in fentanyl seizures,” he said, clarifying “these are state seizures, not federal.”

This year, he stated that from January-May compared to January-May in 2021, there’s been an additional 58% uptick in fentanyl seizures.

In the past year, police officers operating in Operation Lone Star and DPS statewide “have seized almost enough fentanyl to kill every single man, woman and child in the entire United States of America,” Abbott said. “The reason why that must be underscored is because that is fentanyl that got past Border Patrol. If it were not for Operation Lone Star, the Department of Public Safety and Texas law enforcement, that would be fentanyl on the streets in the United States killing Americans.”

Hidalgo County and the Rio Grande Valley, in general, has actually constantly been the most affected by prohibited migration, Martin stated. One thing that’s made a distinction in their law enforcement efforts is cooperation and cooperation with 4 Mexican  governors. “We’ve never had that before,” he said.

In reaction to a press reporter inquiring about the Department of Homeland Security carrying illegal immigrants to other significant cities throughout the nation, Abbott stated, “what DHS needs to do is their job. Their job is to enforce the law specified by the U.S. Congress. That would mean to stop the illegal immigration from occurring in the first place. It would mean not tying the hands of ICE, not tying the hands of the Border Patrol officers, but rather unleashing them to do their job.

Abbott also said it was “reprehensible”that in the last year 50 individuals on the terrorist watch list have been captured after having already entered into the U.S. unlawfully through the southern border.

“That’s one of the most reprehensible things the Biden administration is doing,” Abbott said. That number only relates to those who have been apprehended, he added; there’s an unknown number on the watch list who got away. “There’s a high probability that there are a lot of people on the terrorist watch list who’ve come into the United States,” he said.

H/T Just The News

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